“Spotlight” won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The highly acclaimed film details the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sex scandal.
Does this matter to abuse victims? I think it does. Here’s why.
To begin with, the film (and the attention it has received) have heightened public awareness of abuse and its widespread nature. Viewers come away with a clearer understanding that predators can lurk anywhere, even in plain sight and priestly garb.
More than that, “Spotlight” sheds light on a mindset and bureaucratic structure within the church that facilitated abuse.
The highest levels of authority within the Catholic Church enabled abuse by systematically covering-up what may have been thousands of instances. In the vast majority of cases, the church did not defrock predator priests. Instead, it transferred them to new parishes, allowing them continued access to children, without so much as a warning to the new…
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